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Education & Human Resources (EHR) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Landscape photos and text, Conserving Water - Producing Energy - Sustaining Food New grants foster research on food, energy and water: a linked system
Amid population growth, drought and increased urbanization, understanding food, energy and water availability is increasingly important
Released  August 14, 2015
Robin Dodsworth and people at a market As a Southern community changes, an accent fades
Southern accents are declining in North Carolina. What does that tell us about social dynamics?
Released  July 27, 2015
Sarah Ovink Research aimed at improving the college experience for diverse students
Multi-year project seeks to uncover obstacles to success in the college environment
Released  July 20, 2015
student checks on ant colony The ecology of the future and the future of ecology
Researchers working with underrepresented groups to study the ecological impact of climate change and to craft citizen science tools, aim to explore pressing scientific questions while recruiting a new generation of ecology researchers
Released  July 17, 2015
students in SMART Summer program with robots in a lab Engagement in STEM through robotics, mechatronics, cybersecurity and more
With NSF funding, Summer of STEM at NYU Polytechnic supports and encourages students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Released  July 9, 2015
Anna Balazs After the Lecture: Anna Balazs
Materials scientist Anna Balazs on her journey from Hungary, inspiration from her parents and the future of biosensing
Released  July 2, 2015
illustration showing a robotic hand at computer Balancing life, health and research
Graduate student perseveres to increase access for persons with severe disabilities
Released  June 2, 2015
screenshot from the game Progenitor X Games for good: Learning while you play
University of Wisconsin-Madison lab creates, studies cyberlearning tools
Released  May 15, 2015
Instructor working with a student at a technology center Who will do the technical jobs needed to fuel a commercial spacecraft industry?
With NSF funding, SpaceTEC is preparing the next generation of spacecraft technicians
Released  May 13, 2015
A University Success student working with seals on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. Increasing opportunities for Alaska Natives in science and engineering
An evolving pipeline model promotes STEM careers while changing attitudes
Released  April 30, 2015
kids looking at a device Increasing ecological understanding with virtual worlds and augmented reality
Harvard researchers develop cyberlearning technologies for environmental education
Released  April 24, 2015
student working on a tablet in a classroom Classroom as virtual phenomenon
University of Illinois professor uses cyberlearning to bring scientific processes to life
Released  April 17, 2015
two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Teaching tykes to program robots
Tufts University researcher creates cyberlearning tools for young children
Released  April 10, 2015
Students during graduation ceremony at Navajo Technical University NSF named a "Top 50 STEM Workplace" for Native Americans by AISES
American Indian Science and Engineering Society recognizes NSF's support of tribal colleges and universities
Released  April 3, 2015
Baboon group in Amboseli, Kenya Born during a drought: Bad news for baboons
Findings have implications for human health
Released  April 1, 2015
photo of the aurora in green Springtime night lights: Finding the aurora
Aurorasaurus project allows aurora-viewers around the world to compare sightings
Released  March 31, 2015
girl in a classroom in Kenya Do girls like math? The answer matters
As Women's History Month transitions to Math Awareness Month, we talked with researcher Maria Charles about studentsí attitudes about math internationally, and how they are affected by gender
Released  March 31, 2015
four 6th-graders in science class Engaging science for everyone
Reflections from science education pioneer Herb Thier on the value of inquiry-based learning
Released  March 24, 2015
Chein-shiung Wu Pioneering women in STEM
Names you should know, in celebration of Women's History Month
Released  March 17, 2015
Generic Discovery Image Are you a math person?
Talk to education researcher Jere Confrey and you realize that's not really the right question. Everyone can find a way in to mathematics
Released  March 13, 2015
Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015
student and teacher working at a  computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015
Teachers in front of a building Encouraging diversity in computer science education
Effort from University of Virginia trains teachers to recruit, appeal to all students
Released  March 7, 2015
citizen scientist with rain gauge in Rocky Mountains Crowdsourcing yields a more accurate picture of rainfall and snowfall
Citizen scientists involved with the CoCoRaHS project advance their knowledge of atmospheric science while reporting precipitation data that is used by the National Weather Service and other agencies
Released  January 15, 2015
college students in class Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science
A science education advocate who trained as a molecular biologist uses her analytical background to create teaching strategies that energize both students and faculty
Released  December 18, 2014
students and professor with robot and a computer CompuGirls: Young women have role to play in technology field
Latest focus of project is creating humanoid robots
Released  December 12, 2014
Jan Cuny Computer Science Education Week: Expert voices on the value of CS
We asked leading researchers from academia, government and industry to share with us their thoughts about the importance of computer science education
Released  December 12, 2014
ipad showing two student characters Helping students thrive in a digital world
Dual-enrollment computer science classes in Texas provide an on-ramp to STEM careers
Released  December 11, 2014
students and participants at Mobile Apps Expo at Trinity College App-ealing to students through app development
Team led by Trinity College professor develops computer science course that inspires students through mobile application development
Released  December 10, 2014
Rutgers-Newark graduate students  with high-school student and a ground-penetrating radar Forging the path
Geoscience program blossoms into statewide effort to broaden participation in science and engineering
Released  November 12, 2014

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